Virt - FX EP [mtk060]
It's not often that we rave so much about an artist that our eyes come clean out of their sockets and roll around at cheek level 'til we squidge them back in again. But in this case, we reckon the permanent vision degradation is worth it just to alert the world to Virt's presence.
So, Virt, aka Jake Kaufman, is a US-based .MOD tracker and video-game composer with many Nintendo Gameboy and Gameboy Advance credits up the wazoo (including "Q-Bert" and "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?", niiice.) And we're pretty sure he's the Rob Hubbard of the '00s. No, seriously.
To quote from Virt's own nfo-file for this release:'these tunes are all part of a single imaginary game. picture castlevania meets gargoyle's quest to explain the baroque/cockrock hybrid.'
So, taking influences from classic game soundtracks, Virt has sorta 'faked' the NES sound engine on a PC to create these amazing tributes to oldskool game-music. So, whether it's the ornate arpegiating of "Good Morning, Dracula", the deeply funky bass permeating "Waow", or the amazing breakdowns in "Bzam", you know you're into something out of this world.
[And as for the bonus track, "Classical Favorites 2", with the cheeky pause/unpause action and staggeringly complex instrument- programming under supa-extreme limitations - well, don't even get us started. It's yummy in our tummies, yet again.]
1 - good morning, dracula
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6 - classical favorites 2 (bonus!)
November 29, 2012
Interesting mix of video game chiptunes and classical
I enjoy these tracks. Having found classical favorites 2 recently while listening to my library, I picked it out as a great example of chip tune artistry. Mixing classical and video game melodies, Virt shows a wide range of capabilities in these songs, switching from one loop to another very quickly. All clips are reminiscent of a video game, a classical song, or a weird breakdown. While I prefer the original parts, I can clearly notice the inspirations for this EP.
January 4, 2005
This release is a masterpiece.
September 16, 2003
I simply love this! Virt is a master of imitating AND improving upon the classic NES sound found in konami's games and he flexes his muscles like the 8bit monster he is here! Every tune is brilliant from start to finish ... by the time you get to the end you're left wanting more ... fortunately, you can get it from Virt's follow-up to this release, FX2.0